"I am immensely proud of the year that we've had in delivering on our purpose of Ecological Transformation"
With sustainability at the forefront of what we do at Veolia, we’re excited to share our latest sustainability report ‘Protecting and restoring our planet, together’.
Covering all areas of business and stakeholders, the 2023 report provides a comprehensive overview of the amazing work we’re doing at Veolia Australia and New Zealand to achieve Ecological Transformation through the lens of our Multifaceted Performance framework, inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Discover how we’re creating value for our customers by helping them achieve their sustainability goals. Our report covers a range of case studies of some of our biggest innovations and success stories from our water, waste and energy teams.
From reinventing supply chains to minimise waste, to producing 215,315,000m3 of drinking water through the combined effort of our water treatment and desalination plants, and continuing construction of 2 energy recovery facilities that will produce enough electricity to power 36,000 homes, our achievements this year have come in all shapes and sizes to deliver real value to our customers.
People are at the heart of what we do. Their passion to make sustainable impacts is what drives Veolia forward. This year we welcomed 1,700 new employees into our business, which introduced new skills, insights and dynamism to our teams.
With the launch of our Diversity & Inclusion Council we are better equipped to achieve our diversity and inclusion goals, share and hear our colleagues’ thoughts and experiences, and deepen our cultural awareness.
Safety is integral to our operations every day and we are always looking for ways to improve our performance. This year our teams exemplified their commitment to safety by going above and beyond our set training awareness and engagement targets.
We believe that the wellbeing of the environment is deeply intertwined with the wellbeing of the human population. Our mission is to create a relationship between people and the environment that is mutually beneficial. We call this Ecological Transformation.
To demonstrate our own Ecological Transformation ambitions, we have committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 across the business. Our first step was launching a nationwide green energy project for all our Australian sites, and will produce enough energy to power 2,100 households per year.
We continue to invest in and improve our existing facilities, such as our Spring Farm Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in NSW, which was awarded a $260,000 grant to enhance its plastic diversion capabilities, which already achieve 56,000 tonnes of recyclables processed per annum, with a 98% plastic purity rate.
From private businesses to local governments, cities to remote communities, Veolia services everyone. When we work in a local area, we want to reflect that we are a part of the community.
As part of our commitment, we’ve partnered with meal charity Food for Change in Victoria where we have donated 140 fruit trees, which are then nourished by our own recycled food waste from Veolia’s Natural Recovery Systems Facility.
We’ve collaborated with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Peninsula Area of Queensland to overcome social and environmental challenges faced by locals - and this just scratches the surface of our reconciliation work.
In 2022, our Veolia Mulwaree Trust distributed over $725,000 to 151 local community projects in Goulburn-Mulwaree and surrounding councils. The funds helped develop local public schools, recreation areas and emergency services, to name a few.
Beyond the report
Read about the real solutions we're creating to accelerate the journey towards Ecological Transformation for ourselves and our customers.